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Excelsior!


Published 1901


The magician appears upon the stage with his assistant. Taking a handkerchief from his pocket, he causes an empty jar to suddenly appear under it. He places the empty jar upon the table and seizing his assistant by one arm, begins pumping, when lo! a stream of water emits from the mouth of the assistant and fills the dish. One by one he takes six fishes from the mouth of his assistant and places them in the dish. The assistant is then commanded to hold the jar high above his head, and immediately it begins smoking, and a terrific explosion takes place, which, when the smoke clears away, leaves a flag in its place. The flag is unfolded, when there appears from behind it a huge lobster which suddenly turns into a man. The flag is placed over him, and when it is removed, there are two small children in his place, one seated upon the back of the other. These children are mysteriously turned into different objects until the jar of water finally re-appears with the fish in it... Written by Edison Catalog

Also Known As (AKA)
Excelsior! France (original title)
A varázsló és az emberpumpa Hungary
The Magician and the Human Pump USA
The Prince of Magicians UK

Country: France
Release Date:
1901 (France)
May 1902 (USA)

Goofs: The opening credits have a typo affecting the title itself: EXCELIOR! instead of EXCELSIOR!


Run time 2 minutes 34 seconds
Producer Georges Méliès
Production Company Star-Film
Sponsor GenX
Audio/Visual Silent, Black and White
Language English

Segments

TECH SPECS
Film length (metres)
45.72 m
Cinematographic process
Spherical
Printed film format
35 mm

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